'Deadbeat' dad found guilty again Judge finds Glover violated probation

March 03, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

A Pikesville man once on Carroll County's "10 Most Wanted" list of child support evaders was found guilty yesterday of violating probation by not making monthly support payments to his former wife for his three sons.

Michael G. Glover, formerly an executive with a salary of $70,000 a year, was convicted of nonsupport in June 1992 by Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold, who set aside the $12,592 Glover owed in back support and ordered him to resume the $726 monthly payments.

Court records show Glover has made only one payment since the order was filed.

Judge Arnold said yesterday he didn't believe Glover's contention that unemployment and a subsequent lack of income forced him to avoid paying his former wife, Sherree Brown, $5,808 he owes her for payments since June 30.

"It's a matter of credibility," said Judge Arnold. "If he could just try not to be so evasive and give one straight answer. . ."

The judge set a May 25 sentencing date and indicated he wanted Glover to make some child support payments to Ms. Brown by then.

"We'll hold off sentencing for a while and see what you do," Judge Arnold said.

Glover faces three years in prison for the probation violation.

Glover and Ms. Brown were divorced in 1985 and have battled in courtrooms, at each other's homes and over the telephone about their sons, ages 12 to 17, who have been bounced back and forth between the two.

Ms. Brown and her new husband, Michael, staked out a suburban Philadelphia post office box rented by Glover -- who had remarried and moved to Phoenixville, Pa. -- and had him arrested in March 1992 for nonsupport. He surrendered to Carroll sheriff's deputies nine days later.

Court records show Glover was an executive at an auto parts firm as recently as 1989, but he told the court last March that he never paid child support to Ms. Brown because she "harassed" him and his new family.

He said yesterday he could not make the payments because he had lost his job.

"I told the judge at the time that the amount a month was set that that money would create a financial holocaust for me and my family," Glover testified. "And it has."

Glover also sought to have the $725 payment reduced, but the court denied the request. The payments were ordered by Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. when Ms. Brown got custody of two of the couple's three boys. She now has custody of all three.

Ms. Brown petitioned the court last November for a bench warrant for Glover for violating his probation.

In a letter dated Dec. 1, Glover asked Judge Arnold to hold the warrant because he did not want to lose his new job as "a regional sales representative" for Wheel Service Equipment Inc. He also said he "will begin making regular child support payments" by Dec. 31.

The court later learned that Glover worked at a job created for him by his father, Raymond Glover.

Yesterday, Judge Arnold accused Glover of "misleading" the court.

The defendant's father testified that the company has made only one sale, but that allowed Glover to make a child support payment in January. It was the only one he has made since June, the court was told.

"I just want the money for the children. He doesn't understand that it is for his children," Ms. Brown said after the trial. "I'm not looking to put Michael Glover away."

"I'm looking to put him away," said Assistant State's Attorney James Brewer. "If he had paid $50 a month, at least that would have showed good faith."

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